Killing Floor: Jack Reacher #1 by Lee ChildAction/Adventure
I read this book because I always like to read the book before I watch the movie (starring Tom Cruise, which was great, by the way). Because I did absolutely no research, I just assumed the film would be on this book, the first in the series. It was not. Instead, it was apparently adapted from the 9th book in the series. I have no idea why. I don't think the plot was worse or better in either book so I am curious why film-makers started there.
Personally, I feel that Killing Floor would have made the better movie. It had just as much violence, a better mystery, more of an explanation on whom Reacher is and what his motivations are plus a healthy dose of romance (well, man-romance--none of that sappy stuff).
Jack Reacher is an drifter, literally floating from town to town on a whim. His current whim has him investigating/tracking down a legend surrounding a favorite blues singer of his. Reacher has been in town for just a few hours before trouble finds him (in a cafe, eating breakfast). He is arrested for a crime he didn't commit and knows nothing about. Reacher is a patient man...to a degree and then he is impatient to the extreme. Pretty soon, he just takes the entire town and hands them their butts back in a little bag. Reacher is one mean son of a gun...and really good at it.
I really liked this book. Just pure adventure fun. It started to drag a little in the beginning and when Jack was making his 'plan'. Other than that, it was a great read. Action, adventure and an intricate and original plot. I love the character of Jack Reacher and am really looking forward to #2 (or #9--I doubt it matters if you read them in order). He didn't give anything away. There is a whole lot more to discover about him. Those still waters run very deep.